Sick workers take 13 million days off a year year

One in every 11 people suffers from ill-health caused, or exacerbated by, their working conditions and environment, employers were warned yesterday at the launch of the biggest health in the workplace initiative to date.

Red beef is safe to eat: Letter

Sir: Which is less justifiable, the ritual slaughter of sheep for religious reasons (report, 29 April), the carcasses being eaten, or the slaughter of tens of thousands of cows for commercial reasons, the carcasses being incinerated?

Letter: The compulsion to overeat

Sir: If Hugh J Thompson is right (letter, 18 March), then all that obese people have to do is exercise a little control, and everything will be all right. Anyone who has ever suffered the agony of compulsive overeating knows that that is just not true. The simple fact about dieting is that it works in the short term, but that it also ultimately fails.

Harmful radiation at double normal level

NICHOLAS SCHOON

feelgood factor: Craig Charles

"I'm a footballer. I play at least once a week, every Wednesday night, when I'm in London. It's five-a-side with a bunch of friends.

Lethal fall-out from waste incinerators lethal toxin

About one kilogram a year of dioxins, one of the most dangerous pollutants known to science, are emitted in Britain each year according to a new estimate by the Government's pollution inspectorate.

Guyana cyanide leak `a disaster'

Georgetown - President Cheddi Jagan of Guyana designated a large swath of territory south of the capital as an environmental disaster zone after cyanide from a Canadian-owned gold mine seeped into the Omai river, which joins the Essequibo, Guyana's largest river. Mr Jagan pledged to take all possible steps to contain the contamination from the deadly poison that was discovered at the Omai gold mine last Saturday.

'Miracle' cure for fatness has slim chance of success

A MIRACLE treatment for fat mice, trumpeted last week as a possible cure for human obesity and provoking a multi-million-dollar share price surge, has one unpublicised drawback - preliminary research indicates it will fail to work on humans.

LETTER:Taking the lottery far too seriously

From Dr Gina Kavanagh

Short children

VITAL SIGNS

Eating too much makes you fat - official

Metabolism is bunk: Hester Lacey meets the scientists who can prove it

VITAL SIGNS: Warning: Christmas is a health hazard

The pre-Christmas frenzy can seriously damage your health, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Hours spent trudging around departments stores, with shoppers leaving supermarkets loaded down like pack animals, takes its toll on the back and feet, it points out. On the day itself, wrestling with a 20lb turkey can be dangerous while the traditional post-prandial snooze in front of the television can cause stiff necks and indigestion.

Cyanide death

A MAN aged 41 was found dead in a vat of cyanide solution. Terry Norwood's head, shoulders and arms were immersed in the sodium cyanide at a metal finishing company in Wembley, north- west London. The death was not being treated as suspicious.

Dioxin study reveals serious health risks

ONE OF the most thorough scientific reviews of dioxin chemicals in the environment has found they pose serious health risks, campaigners said yesterday.

True Gripes / Don't scare the joggers: Al fresco love is a health hazard

I have tendonitis in my right leg. I have shin splints in my left. Who is to blame for this terrible state of affairs? That ghastly sector of the populace which lacks pride, has never heard of self-control and knows only the animalistic meaning of the word 'breeding': I refer to public snoggers.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game